Sensible Wilton lawsuit: Ruskewich to discuss lawsuit at selectmen's meeting


On Friday, Nov. 13, Judge Kenneth Povodator of Connecticut Superior Court issued his ruling on the Town of Wilton’s motion to dismiss Sensible Wilton’s June 1, 2015 lawsuit, deciding that Sensible Wilton does in fact have standing to sue, contrary to what was argued by the defendant.

One of the plaintiffs, Sensible Wilton President Alex Ruskewich, plans to go, as a member of the public, before the Board of Selectmen tonight, Nov. 16, at the selectmen’s regular meeting, to discuss this most recent development with the town’s executives.

The lawsuit sought a writ of temporary mandamus — or legal mandate — to compel the selectmen to call a special town meeting to vote on whether to repeal the $50-million bonding authorization for the Miller-Driscoll school renovation.

This legal action responds to the Board of Selectmen’s denial of Sensible Wilton’s original request, backed by hundreds of signatures on a petition, for the special vote.

Now that the suit may go forward, Sensible Wilton, according to Ruskewich, will continue to seek that mandamus if out-of-court settlement fails.

“We’re not giving up on the lawsuit,” Ruskewich told The Bulletin today, “but at this point, we’re looking for some sort of compromise. We would prefer not to have to go further in the courts.”

Povodator’s ruling came just four days early of a 120-day deadline, and heavy work on Miller-Driscoll School is planned to start in December.

“What we want is a reasonable solution to the Miller-Driscoll renovation,” Ruskewich said, though he added it was too early and not prudent for him to describe at this time a settlement he and his constituents would be amenable to.

“If we cannot come to a resolution that’s reasonable,” he added, “then yes, we will pursue the lawsuit in the courts.”

Ruskewich also told The Bulletin he is considering speaking at upcoming Board of Finance and Board of Education meetings.

“We’re not going to give up,” Ruskewich said.